Probably not, and that’s ok!
Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, occurring when the body does not have enough glucose stores for energy. It instead burns fat, which produces a build up of acids called ketones that the body can then use for fuel. Because ketosis uses fat instead of glucose for energy, low carbohydrate diets have been popular for decades.
The ketogenic diet didn’t start as a weight-loss method. Physicians began using it as a treatment for epilepsy in children about a century ago. Doctors found children with epilepsy stopped having seizures after two days of absolute fasting – the point when their bodies would have been forced into ketosis.
Keto diets may sound like a piece of cake (or lack thereof, actually). You just need to reduce the amount of carbs you eat, right? Wrong. The whole point of a keto diet is to deplete the body’s glucose stores so it’s forced to use body fat as fuel.
Your body really doesn’t like that. When you run out of glucose, your body goes into “starvation mode,” meaning it’s missing an important macronutrient. At this point, your body starts to break down protein into carbs.
Here’s why it’s difficult to maintain a keto diet. You need to give your body the right amount of protein. If you give it too much, it will break it down into carbs. If you give it too little, it will break down the proteins from your own muscles. This would be very, very bad.
Keto diets also wreak havoc on your metabolism, because the human body is designed to run on carbs. Your best bet for losing weight and maintaining overall health is to follow the recommendations everyone has heard before: eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, eat fish twice a week and limit your sugar and alcohol intake.